Henry Arundel endured a tough start to his British F3 International Series campaign at Oulton Park, but was at least able to pick up a points finish from the opening rounds of the year in Cheshire.
Having set solid pace during the off-season at the wheel of his Carlin Motorsport-run Dallara Volkswagen, Arundel picked up a twelfth place finish in the opening race of the year before securing his first points of the year in race two when he took the flag in ninth place.
The weekend didn't start in the best fashion when the former Formula BMW racer suffered an accident during Friday practice which left his car needing work ahead of qualifying – when he then had to sample new tyres for the first time while also chasing a strong grid slot.
Arundel still managed to qualifying seventh on the grid for race one before securing eighth on the grid for race two.
The opening race went wrong at the start when Arundel stalled at the start and dropped to the rear of the field and was forced to battle his way up the order to take the flag in twelfth.
A better start in race two saw Arundel running in tenth place and after passing former BMW rival Carlos Huertas for ninth, was able to take his first points of the year.
However, it was very much a case of what might have been for Arundel on his debut with the multiple championship winners.
“I'm really disappointed with the weekend,” he said. “I crashed on Friday which wasn't clever, and made a mistake on the grid before the first race which was incredibly frustrating. We know that we have good pace in the car, and I'm sure with a better result in qualifying we could be right up there with the front runners.”